The popstar was due to head on the UK leg of her tour to support her brand new album ANTI this summer.
But it has now been confirmed that her concert at Sunderland's Stadium of Light has been cancelled due to "logistical reasons".
Sunderland AFC's commercial director Gary Hutchinson said: "Unfortunately this is something that can happen with major tours and naturally we are sorry for those concert-goers who were looking forward to the show.
"We still have an exciting summer of events planned at the Stadium of Light however, including the sell-out Beyonce concert, which everyone is looking forward to."
Fans who had bought tickets are being offered a refund.
Rihanna's tour was actually due to kick off later this month in America, with her opening concert date originally planned for 26 February in San Diego, however, she has now postponed eight shows.
Her first scheduled concert will now take place on 12 March in Jacksonville, Florida.
News of RiRi's postponed tour dates comes after she was forced to pull out of her Grammy Awards performance at the last minute under doctor's orders.
Rihanna was put on vocal rest for 48 hours because she was "at risk of haemorrhaging her vocal chords".
The statement added: "The antibiotics she has been on for three days did not kill the infection adequately therefore she cannot perform safely."
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